×

Wall Street under pressure after BOJ, Fed hold steady

IN THE NEWS TODAY

U.S. stock futures were lower this morning, caught up in a global market selloff which saw Japan's Nikkei off 3 percent as the central bank there held monetary policy steady. The Fed took no action after its two-day meeting. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq were lower for the fifth straight session Wednesday. (CNBC)

The dollar was sliding more than 1 percent to a 21-month low against the Japanese yen this morning, sparking speculation on whether policymakers there would intervene to halt the currency's rise. A vote next week on Brexit could spark further yen appreciation. (CNBC)

Fed Chair Janet Yellen, in her post-meeting news conference, mentioned Brexit and how a "leave" vote could hurt the U.S. economy as a reason for not raising interest rates. The market now sees less than a 50 percent chance of even one hike by year-end. (CNBC)

Oil was losing more than 1 percent this morning. Brexit concerns were weighing on prices, while a lower-than-expected drawdown on American stockpiles. So far today, U.S. crude was lower for the sixth straight session. (Reuters)

President Barack Obama travels to Orlando today to pay respects to the families of the victims of Sunday's gay nightclub attack, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The president plans to "stand in solidarity with the community," the White House said. (AP)

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, Republican from Wisconsin, is asking Facebook (FB) to turn over material from five accounts used by Omar Mateen before and during his assault on Orlando's Pulse nightclub. (Journal Sentinel)

Senate Democrats, led by Connecticut's Chris Murphy, ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early this morning after Republican leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures, in the wake of the Orlando shooting. (NBC News)

In the same week as a deadly alligator attack at one of its Orlando resorts, Walt Disney (DIS) is opening the gates to a massive new theme park in China today. Here's a look at Shanghai Disneyland by the numbers. (USA Today & CNBC)

Sumner Redstone said he no longer trusts Viacom's (VIAB) board or CEO Philippe Dauman. Among the reasons cited by the media mogul, the decision to sell a stake in Paramount Pictures and Viacom's 36 percent drop stock over the past 12 months. (LA Times)

Didi Chuxing, Uber's China rival, has closed a financing round worth $7.3 billion, including an investment from Apple (AAPL), giving Didi about a $28 billion valuation. That's nearly half of what Uber's worth. (CNBC)

Bankers at Goldman Sachs (GS) might want to think twice before sending an email calling any trade "a sure bet" or any one of 13 separate phrases that include the F-word. Compliance is watching. (CNBC)

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, if elected, she'd use executive action to end the carried-interest loophole, which allows managers of hedge funds and other investment vehicles to pay a lower tax rate than most individuals. (USA Today)

Clinton rival Bernie Sanders is set to address his supporters via live video tonight, but what he's going to say is anyone's guess. Sanders has said he plans to continue his insurgent campaign through the Democratic convention in July. (USA Today)

Curious about what dirt the Democratic National Committee dug up on Donald Trump? A hacker leaked what's purported to be a 237-page opposition research report on Trump on the web. Recode did not hear back from the DNC on the document's authenticity.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Fed dialed back forecasts for how fast policymakers might raise rates over the next couple of years, so now anything to do with inflation becomes more important to markets. The Labor Department issues its May consumer price index at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The Labor Department also issues weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Philadelphia Fed releases its June index of regional business activity at 8:30 a.m. ET. The National Association of Home Builders is out with its June sentiment index at 10 a.m. ET.

Among the major companies reporting earnings after this afternoon's closing bell on Wall Street include quarterly numbers from tech giant Oracle (ORCL) and gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC)

Wal-Mart (WMT) is cutting accounting and invoicing roles at about 500 locations in the Western region of the U.S. The program will affect about two to three associates per store, but the laid-off employees are being offered other, more customer-facing roles.

STOCKS TO WATCH

Amsurg (AMSG) and Envision Healthcare (EVHC) are merging in an all-stock deal worth about $10 billion. The companies provide outsourced physician services to hospitals and healthcare providers.

Cavium (CAVM) is buying QLogic (QLGC) for $1.36 billion, looking to expand in the data center and storage market. Cavium's offer is a 14 percent premium to QLogic's closing price Wednesday.

FireEye (FEYE) has reportedly rejected multiple takeover offers this year, including one from Symantec (SYMC) deemed too low. The cybersecurity firm has decided not to sell.

ASML Holdings (ASML) is buying Taiwan's Hermes Microvision for about $3.1 billion. The world's biggest chip equipment maker supplies companies such as Intel (INTC) and Samsung.

Apple (AAPL) supplier Jabil Circuit (JBL) is cutting its full-year outlook again, citing weakness in its mobility business. That overshadowed third-quarter results that topped analyst forecasts.

WATERCOOLER

The U.S. Open tees off this morning at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. There's no clear-cut favorite, with fans wondering whether top golfers Jason Day or Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy might emerge as the winner on Sunday. (Golf Channel)

The Golden State Warriors look to win their second-straight NBA title on Cleveland's home court, when they face the Cavaliers in Game 6 tonight. The Cavs fought off elimination Monday. (Sports Illustrated)